Our reading journey brought us to Russia this week, and I was happy to find a perfect book to read. Most books that I found for Russia previously belonged to three categories (sometimes more than one category at a time) – fairy tales, stories of old times or stories with rather bleak settings and story lines. This book is a very nice break with this tradition and depicts Moscow as I experienced myself during my childhood visit there – a beautiful clean city with world-famous landmarks and fantastic cultural institutions.
We made a new mini-book about Russia. To be honest, Anna didn’t apply herself much beyond this first page – her rendition of Saint Basil’s Cathedral looks more like a milk bottle, but she likes an idea of having Read Around the World box with a growing number of mini-books. They will all have the same format – a mini-book report, a map with some interesting facts and something that this country is famous for.
In the story the main character and her grandma visit a famous puppet theater in Moscow. Luckily, Anna’s papa loves puppet theater and owns quite a sizeable collection of puppets. All these puppets are standard characters of German Kasper Theater as Germany also has a rich history of puppet plays. Unfortunately, most of these puppets require three finger manipulation, and Anna’s little hand cannot handle them yet. This didn’t prevent her from constructing an elaborate Easter play. This play was significantly less elaborate after a couple of actual rehearsals with her best friend. It was presented to us during Easter dinner and consisted mostly of a crocodile and a piggy fighting with each other and chasing each other around the room. I don’t think our actors are quite ready for a puppet theater that my husband is itching to build.